Subject:Re: Unusual pattern vase any info would be great
Posted By: Bill H Sat, Jun 29, 2019
As Tony Allen points out in his latest issue, "Allen's Antique Chinese Porelain - The Detection of Fakes", Kangxi marks are generally held not to have been fabricated until the Guangxu period (1875-1908) and are almost never seen in four characters. As you've already surmised, your vase has an odd pattern for period Kangxi marks, to which I'd add that its famille rose palette is something that probably was only in the experimental phase at best during the late Kangxi reign.
In my opinion, your vase wasn't made during the late Qing dynasty and likely isn't any earlier than circa 1930, during the Republic years and possibly later. My basis is that from the artistic and technical standpoints, better porcelain was being made before the 30s, including superb pieces produced during a late Qing "Kangxi Renaissance". Since there are exceptions to every rule, I should note that a number of exceptional artists continued working after 1930, but their pieces usually bore their own or other markings besides those in the Kangxi-style.
A few aberrations stand out about your vase, beginning with the mark, which is placed asymmetrically, whereas an experienced traditional calligrapher would have taken pains to center it. Further, the floral motif, which otherwise was applied acceptably at the outset, seems to have incurred an irregular appearance during kiln firing, due to evaporation at the fringes of the black pigment used to outline the flowers. Sometimes this results from the kiln overheating or the failure of the artist to cover the black adequately with a clear glaze before firing. Such problems may reflect instabilities visited on supply lines to Jingdezhen by the Civil War or Japanese invasion of China in the 1930s.
For comparison, here's a link with images of well-painted and evenly fired late 19th to early 20th century Kangxi-style porcelains.
URL Title :Kangxi Style Porcelains